Until recently, the only way Calgarians could find a deal on a drink was to throw back the beers before evening fell. Liquor laws prohibited drinks specials after 8pm. But no longer!
Last month those mavericks at the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission let their hair down and allowed discounted alcohol prices at any time during operating hours. So in celebration of a summer with all-hours drink deals, here’s a few of Calgary’s best happy hours!
4th St SW
If you like your beers in stein-size and understand the lure of lederhosen, Wurst is the place for you! Shimmy past the big ol’ tree inside the restaurant and head to the patio.
Here they’ve embraced the law change with all day drinks specials Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. They’ve also kept their 3pm to 5pm appy, beer and wine specials.
Daily from 3pm to 5pm, plus day-of-the-week specials that run all day long.
Daily: Half-price appetizers, $5 ½ lt draft domestic and import beer, $12 ½ lt wine, 3pm to 5pm.
Sunday: $25 sweet and savoury fondue for two, 4pm to close.
Monday: All day halfy hour.
Tuesday: Buck-a-shuck oysters all day.
Wednesday: Half price bottles of wine all day.
Thursday: Half price bottles of wine all day again.
12th Ave SW
Tucked into Hotel Arts, Raw Bar serves super-stylish Vietmodern cuisine. Very cool. Very hip. Their happy hours feature wine, beer, cocktails and food so there’s something for everyone.
Our favourite? We agree with Leo DiCaprio—on his recent visit his drink of choice was the Derelict. It’s spiced plum and clove jelly with vodka and other awesomeness! No extended drinks special yet, but stay tuned!
Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 6pm
Friday, 4pm to 7pm
Monday to Thursday: Four $6 happy hour specials including feature wine, beer, cocktail and ever-changing small plates.
Friday: 99c oysters, $4.99 glasses of Prosecco and $4.99 pints.
17th Ave SW
This is another restaurant that’s taken note of the recent change in law and introduced day-long drinks specials. Plus, Cibo has the best patio in the heart of the city. (Here’s hoping we get to use it soon!)
In true Italian style, the drinks are all class all the way. And the food is fresh with a capital F.
Weekdays from 3pm to 5pm, plus day-of-the-week specials from Sunday to Thursday.
Weekdays: $5 pizza during happy hour and, for the last hour of service or until the kitchen runs out of dough, half-price pizza.
Sunday: $6 caesars all day
Monday: $6 Mill Street all day
Tuesday: $6 signature cocktails all day
Wednesday: $6 wine all day
4th Street SW
Añejo is not just a type of tequila. It’s also the home of Calgary’s best margarita! Their daily happy hour currently runs from 3pm to 5pm, but we’re hoping they’ll extend soon because—let’s face it—tequila is good at every hour!
Daily from 3pm to 5pm.
Half price tequila and tacos, $5 beer and margaritas.
As more of Calgary’s best bars and restaurants extend their happy hours, we foresee drinks specials becoming more inventive, more affordable and much, much more fun! Cheers.